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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

By Lerner College May 26, 2020

As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2020, Emily Brachfeld from Montville, New Jersey has not had the typical final semester or commencement at UD due to the coronavirus outbreak. She, and her entire class, have shown incredible resilience, maturity and spirit while adjusting to the many unexpected changes that they have encountered.

Brachfeld was nominated for this series by UD Associate Professor of finance Jack Bao, who said, “Emily is that student you have once in a while who already understands 95% of the material, but comes to your office hours anyway because she wants to understand 100% of the material. She’s an outstanding student, hard worker and has a very bright future. She will make for a great alum for UD and I’m sure, an example we will use for our students in the future of a UD success story.”

In this profile, Brachfeld, a finance major with minors in economics and international business studies and a certificate in entrepreneurial leadership, shared her favorite UD memories, how she has changed during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.

Q: How do you think you have changed from your first semester at UD to now?

Brachfeld: From when I started at UD back in 2016 versus now, I have really grown as a person. I feel more comfortable being myself and stepping outside of my comfort zone. 

Q: What is your favorite place at UD? 

Brachfeld: I love UDairy. I always have room for some delicious ice cream!

Q: What is the most memorable course that you took at Lerner?

Brachfeld: My business law class (ACCT352) with Jennifer McCloskey was the most interesting class I have taken at UD. Professor McCloskey made the course so interesting, which really made me excited to attend class. 

Q: What was your favorite signature UD experience?

Brachfeld: I loved studying abroad in Rome, Italy, in Spring 2019. It was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Q: What does being a “Lifelong Lerner” mean to you?

Brachfeld: To continue to be involved with Lerner. I know that Lerner will always be there to help me, as will I be there to help other Lerner students in the future. 

Q: What are your plans following graduation?

Brachfeld: I am moving to Riverside, California, to work for Reckitt Benckiser as a territory manager.